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Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Miguel Cotto will hold a 1PM press conference at Hollywood’s World Famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater to officially announce their WBA super welterweight world championship fight taking place Saturday, May 5 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®. Mayweather and Cotto will be joined by Canelo Alvarez and Sugar Shane Mosley as they announce their May 5 pay-per-view televised co-featured WBC super welterweight world championship showdown.
Please note: This event is open to the PUBLIC and free. Fans are encouraged to arrive early and line up in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
The decision to make the leap to a new weight class isn’t one to be taken lightly, and unfortunately, it’s usually done when a fighter has reached a dead end in his career predicated by a series of losses. A change in scenery can do you good, the story goes, but often even a drop of 10, 15, or 20 pounds doesn’t always do the trick . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Mariano A. Agmi
DiBella Entertainment hosted an open workout for the media on Wednesday afternoon at the Trinity Boxing Club in New York City, where Irishman Matthew Macklin is preparing to challenge Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez for the middleweight world championship at the Madison Square Garden Theatre on March 17th.
In good spirits and already close to the middleweight limit, the 29-year-old Macklin (28-3, 19 KOs) graciously spoke to Fightnews.com about his preparations for the bout, how he rates Martinez against his former foe Felix Sturm, and what it feels like to have his first main event in the United States come on St. Patrick’s Day in the Mecca of Boxing. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
IBF/WBO/WBA heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (56-3, 49 KOs) and his Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward held an international Media conference call Wednesday to discuss Klitschko’s world title defense against two-time cruiserweight champion Jean-Marc Mormeck (36-4, 22 KOs) on Saturday. Unfortunately the call was terminated abruptly after only four reporters asked questions.
Emanuel Steward: “Everyone says it’s a total mismatch, but styles make fights and in fighting Mormeck we’re fighting a guy with a bob-and-weave type style that Wladimir hasn’t fought…it’s the most difficult style for tall fighters.
“According to all of the experts if the fight goes over three or four rounds it’s a terrible performance. If Wladimir knocks him out in one minute, it’s what he was supposed to do, so we’re going into a no-win situation.”
Wladimir Klitschko: “What I’m hearing around that it’s a mismatch and the body size is so different, yes sizes matter, but in this case it doesn’t matter because to fight a shorter guy that is physically and automatically faster and lighter is not easy…to fight a shorter guy isn’t always an advantage.”
Former WBO world title challenger Michael “Cold Blood” Clark (42-6) will face rising prospect Bahodir Mamadjonov (8-0) this Thursday March 1st in a 140 pound WBC USNBC title eliminator at the Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. The card is being promoted by Troy Speakman in conjunction with the Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival which runs from March 1-4. Only once beaten in his last nine fights, Clark looks to impress in his hometown, while the upset minded Mamadjonov, a native of Uzbekistan, aims to remain unbeaten and build on his recent dominating win over Archie Ray Marquez (12-1). The winner of the bout will become the mandatory challenger for WBC USNBC champ Robert Frankel (30-11). (more…)
The World Boxing Council had finally a long audience with former world champion Tomas “Gusano” Rojas where he explained quotes he allegedly gave to a Mexican newspaper that he threw a 2007 fight against Jorge Arce for $8,000. The WBC determined that there’s no proof that he took a dive and that decision was ratified by a vote of the board of directors, who approved Rojas to fight again in professional boxing. The WBC recommended that Rojas use restraint on his statements and performances in order to avoid similar circumstances that can tarnish his career and the sport of boxing.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“In the past, I was my own worst enemy – having fun, clubbing instead of working hard – it cost me couple of times, against Arreola, Tarver. But now I’m a different man. I’m a father now. I understood that I have to provide for my family. I need to make money and to do this, to be back in rankings, I have to beat Adamek on March 24,” said 25-year-old heavyweight Nagy Aguilera (17-6, 12 KO), who will test former WBC light heavyweight and IBF cruiserweight champion and currently ranked as a top 5 heavyweight Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 28 KO) at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn. The bout will be televised by the NBC Sports Network and will also feature IBF an jr middleweight title eliminator between Zab Judah (41-7, 28 KO) and Vernon Paris (26-0, 15 KO) and another interesting heavyweight clash between Sergei Liakhovich (25-4, 16 KO) and Bryant Jennings (12-0, 5 KO). (more…)
By Mike Bernier
Photos: Ed Mulholland
The Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather (40-0, 26 KO’s) and Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30 KO’s) press tour made its first US stop at the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY to announce their upcoming bout on May 5th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Mayweather’s undefeated record and Cotto’s WBA Jr. Middleweight World Title will be on the line. Cotto has been campaigning at 154 for his past three fights, all coming by way of TKO. This will be Mayweather’s second campaign at 154. The last time was in 2007 against De La Hoya when he tipped the scaled at 150. The fight is labeled ‘Ring Kings’ and may be both fighters stiffest challenge to date.
Both Mayweather and Cotto agreed to allow the fans to attend the NYC presser. There was a lot of energy inside the Apollo Theater for good reason. Both men have built careers within the same weight classes and have never fought each other. This is a fight that most fans are very excited to see. (more…)
Statement by Francisco Valcarcel regarding champion Marco Huck
Marco Huck’s representatives have informed me that he has yet to decide if he will stay a jr. heavyweight or choose the heavyweight division, but that his decision is imminent during the upcoming week. As I will be in Germany for the Klitschko and Afolabi bouts, I will be meeting with Marco Huck’s representative, Chris Meyer from Sauerland Events regarding this matter. Ola Afolabi is fighting for the jr. heavyweight interim title on March 3rd. If Marco Huck decides to stay in the jr. heavyweight division, he will face the winner of the Afolabi–Brudov bout within 120 days of said bout. If he decides to stay in the heavyweight division, the winner of the Afolabi-Brudov bout will automatically become the WBO jr. heavyweight champion.
Photos: Michael Sterling Eaton/KMG
WBA/WBO heavyweight super champion and IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and challenger Jean-Marc Mormeck held their open workout at the Mercedes-Benz dealership in Düsseldorf (Germany). Over 900 fans showed up to watch both fighters showing off their boxing skills in preparation for their heavyweight championship fight this Saturday before 50,000+ at the ESPRIT arena in Düsseldorf, Germany. Klitschko looked to be in tremendous shape as Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward put him through the paces. Mormeck on the other hand did little, perhaps not wanting to show Wlad’s camp what he has in store for the champion. The fight will be broadcast live and exclusively on RTL in Germany, Box Nation in the UK and some cable systems in the US. More photos…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The World Boxing Association will present its 19th annual awards dinner tonight in Panama City. A large number of fans, media, guests and world champions have arrived in Panama for the occasion. Among those onhand are Kina Malpartida, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Hernan Marquez, Vyacheslav Senchenko, John Ruiz, Leo Gamez, Bryan Vazquez, Hanna Gabriel, Jackie Nava, Kahosai Galaxy, Chris John, Amir Khan and Ricky Hatton and Takashi Uchiyama who were met by Roberto “Mano de Piedra” Duran and WBA vice-president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza. A gala production will take place in the Grand Ballroom of the Miramar International Hotel and the WBA board members are looking forward to an attractive presentation.
Integrated Sports Media, the pound-for-pound king of sports distribution in North America, announced today that it will distribute the WBO flyweight championship between defending champion Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria and challenger Omar Nino Romero, March 31 live from Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines. “Island Assault 4:The Battle,” presented by Solar Sports, is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9:00 PM/ET – 6:00 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Avail-TVN, as well as on-line PPV
By Ron Jackson
Tommy Oosthuizen defends his IBO super middleweight belt when he faces Serge Yannick at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Saturday night. Oosthuizen makes the fourth defence of his IBO super-middleweight belt when he faces Serge Yannick, a 29-year-old who was born Serge Yannick Mvoue in Cameroon but now fights out of Australia.
The taller South African had a good 2011. He won the vacant IBO belt in March with a ninth-round stoppage win over Colombian Evert Bravo and retained it by beating William Gare and Aaron Pryor Jr on points over 12 rounds and stopping Francisco Sierra in the eleventh.
Oosthuizen is now ranked No 7 by the IBF and ninth by the WBC. Yannick is 27th on the IBO list and 13th on the WBA’s.
Yannick has been a professional since March 2007 when he beat Wayne Parker Jr on points. His record now stands at 14-1, with 7 knockouts. His only loss was in his fifth fight, in December 2009, when Mike Bolling beat him in a clash for the vacant Australian super-middleweight title. Bolling was well beaten by Isaac Chilemba when they met for the vacant IBO super-middleweight belt in June 2010 at Emperors Palace. (more…)
The March 17 Sauerland Event card at Arena Nord in Frederikshavn , Denmark, has been postponed to April 21 after WBA/WBC/WBO female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus came down with a case of tonsillitis. The new date is April 21. The card will remain the same.
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
WBC#3/WBA#9 Japanese southpaw Nihito Arakawa (22-1, 14 KOs), 135, successfully retained his OPBF lightweight belt as he kept peppering WBC#8/WBA#12 ex-OPBF ruler Ryuji Migaki (17-3, 13 KOs), 135, withstood critical moments in the tenth and finally emerged victorious with a hard-fought unanimous verdict (116-112, 117-112 and 118-111) over twelve heats on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan.
It was a highly anticipated encounter of our top-notch compatriots as Migaki had renounced his regional belt due to his perennial hand injury and Arakawa acquired the vacant throne in an eliminator last October. The shaven skulled southpaw Arakawa never wore the championship belt, saying “Without defeating Migaki I’m not a champ yet.” From the start it became a total war with Arakawa busy-punching and Migaki switching between orthodox and southpaw. (more…)
WBO minimum weight champion Moises Fuentes (14-1-0, 6 KOs) will not defend his title next Saturday in Tijuana due to a fractured right hand suffered while sparring. Fuentes was slated to make his first defense against Michael Landero (15-5-4, 4 KOs), who will now fight two-time former world champion Raul “Rayito” Garcia (31-2, 19 KOs). Injuring permitting, Fuentes may return April 28 against the legendary Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon in Puerto Rico.
WBC Statement: Jose Sulaiman, Mexico, president of The World Boxing Council has followed strictly all the actions related to the misconduct of Derek Chisora, that is considered one of the worst behaviors ever by a professional boxer , and we stand strongly with the BBB of C and the BDB to resolve this case immediately. The WBC is absolutely condemning behaviors that are not to be accepted in boxing under any circumstances and will act as soon as it can proceed to impose the fines and sanctions as we consider necessary.
The WBC is imposing a serious fine to be finally determined after the hearing to be held under the supervision of our counsel representative attorney Stephen Beverly, the WBC will also take off from the WBC rankings, the name of Derek Chisora and declare an indefinite suspension against fighting again for a WBC title, while demanding Chisora to take an anger management medical treatment after which his suspension will be reconsidered. (more…)
Tickets go on sale this Friday for the April 14 WBA lightweight title clash between former world lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios and former featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Seats are priced at $250, $150, $100, $50 and $25 and go on sale March 2 at 1PM ET/10AM PT at all Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Mandalay Bay at (877) 632-7400 or Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also will be available for purchase at www.mandalaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
By Francisco Salazar
In an attractive bout that had been in the works for some time, unbeaten Mike Alvarado will fight once-beaten junior welterweight Mauricio Herrera in a 10 round bout on April 14th, Top Rank matchmaker Brad Goodman confirmed to Fightnews.com on Monday night. “Herrera is in to face Alvarado,” said Goodman. The fight will open the telecast of an HBO telecast, which will precede the main event bout between hard-hitting unbeaten lightweight fighters Brandon Rios and Yuriorkis Gamboa. (more…)
On March 7, four-time New York Golden Gloves Champion, Will “Power” Rosinsky (14-1, 8KOs) will be returning to where he made his professional debut when he takes on Zane “The Train” Marks (17-6, 10KOs) in the co-feature bout on the latest installment of DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series at BB King Blues Club and Grill in midtown Manhattan. Rosinsky-Marks is scheduled for eight rounds in the light heavyweight division. Headlining the card will be undefeated welterweight prospect Alex Perez (15-0, 9KOs) taking on former NABF junior welterweight champion Francisco “El Gato” Figueroa (20-3-1, 13KOs).
By Mike Bernier
Photos: Ed Mulholland
The second leg of the Mayweather-Cotto press tour took place today at Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater to officially announce their WBA super welterweight world championship fight on May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Floyd Mayweather: I’m not looking to cheat. I tell Miguel Cotto I don’t want to fight you at a catch weight. I want to fight the best Miguel Cotto. To be the best you’ve got to beat the best and he’s one of the best fighters out there today. I want to finish putting the rest of the pieces, you know, it’s a puzzle and you’ve got certain pieces that go to the puzzle and he’s one of the pieces so I can solidify myself as one of the best fighters to have ever lived….Pacquiao’s an amazing fighter, but all I’ve got to say is if you don’t got nothing to hide then take the test.
Miguel Cotto: I’m going to make this short. We have this stop in New York and Thursday in California. I want these days to pass quickly so I can start training and get focused for this fight. I guarantee you it’s going to be one of the biggest fights you’ve ever seen. I’m going to make every Puerto Rican proud.
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Former Olympians Victor Bisbal and Carlos Negron will have the headline bouts this Friday in the series “A Puño Limpio” to be held at the Angel “Cholo” Espada Coliseum in Salinas, Puerto Rico in a PR Best Boxing Promotions presentation in association with Top Rank to be shown live on WAPA America from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.(ET).
In the headline fight, hometown favorite Bisbal (19-1, 13 KOs), a former 2004 Olympian, will face veteran Robert Daniels (49-9-1, 41 KOs), a former cruiserweight world champion, in an eight round heavyweight bout. The other TV fight presents 2008 Olympian Negron (13-1, 9 KOs) in his first fight after his shock KO loss Epifanio Mendoza. The 6’6 Negron faces Francisco Mireles (13-6, 3 KOs) in a cruiserweight six-rounder.
Cruiserweights Garrett Wilson (12-5-1, 6 KOs) and Andres Taylor (20-1-2, 7 KOs) meet for the second time in less than 19 months as they battle for the vacant NABF title on April 14 at Bally’s Atlantic City. The Wilson-Taylor championship contest tops a seven-bout card which begins at 7.30 pm. in the 1,500-seat Grand Ballroom. The IBF #9 rated Wilson and Taylor met the first time on Sept. 11, 2010, in Johnstown, PA, in a scheduled eight-round fight which Wilson accepted on three days’ notice. The outdoor match was interrupted by rain after the fifth round and later resumed with one official voting for Wilson, one for Taylor, one for a draw. Tickets priced at $50 and $75.
The first sanctioned professional boxing event in the Quad Cities area in over 13 years will take place Saturday at the historic Danceland Ballroom (324 Scott St) in Davenport, Iowa. In the main event, Quad Cities fan favorite Troy “Country Boy” Weida (46-22-1, 33 KOs) will defend his Iowa Professional Boxing Association heavyweight title against veteran Galen “Bad Boy” Brown (36-19-1, 23 KOs). In the co-feature, former heavyweight title challenger “Fast” Fres Oquendo (32-7, 23 KOs) returns against Travis “Ironman” Fulton (15-26, 15 KOs).
The undercard will feature heavyweight prospect Randy Johnson (8-2, 6 KOs) against Clinton Boldridge (9-18-1), lightweight Lance “Lay’em Down” Williams (2-0, 2 KOs) faces Josh “Jungleman” Jungjohann and former amateur standouts Travis Thomas (lightweight) and Donovan Dennis (heavyweight) will all feature in four-rounders.
General admission tickets for the Armer Boxing, KO Fighting and Calkins Sports Productions event can be purchased at the door for $20 the night of the fight. For fight or ticket information, call 563-579-7499. Fights begin at 7:30PM.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
The IBF has appointed officials to work the IBF middleweight title bout featuring champion Daniel Geale defending against Osamunu Adama and the IBF featherweight title bout between champion Billy Dib and Eduardo Escobedo on March 7 at Derwent Entertainment Center, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia,
For Geale-Adama the referee will be Jack Reiss (USA). Judges are Dave Paris (England), Ian Scott (New Zealand), and Pawel Kardyni (Poland). IBF Supervisor Ray Wheatley.
For Dib-Escobedo the referee will be Ernie Sharif (USA). Judges are Sanong Au Im (Thailand), Adelaide Byrd (USA) and Pawel Kardyni (Poland). IBF Supervisor Ray Wheatley.
Promoter Gary Shaw and Bill Treacy. Televised on Fox Main Event Pay Per View
Fightnews.com has confirmed that unbeaten American heavyweight hope Seth Mitchell (24-0-1, 18 KOs) will face Chazz Witherspoon (30-2, 22 KOs) on April 28 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Jr welterweight David Barnes (25-2-1, 11 KOs) will face former WBA light welterweight champion Vivian Harris (29-7-1, 19 KOs) at the De Veres Hotel in Bolton, England on March 11th. Harris is hoping to end a four-fight losing streak.
Former world champion-turned promoter Ricky Hatton says his depression was so severe after his career-ending loss to Manny Pacquiao, that he considered ending his life. “I definitely contemplated suicide,” Hatton told BBC Radio Manchester. “It was over a long period of time I’d go out, have a night out, come home and I’d be getting the Stanley knife out. I’d be sat there with a Stanley knife going ‘go on, do it, go on, do it’. And I never did, but it eats away at you. Who knows one day I might have turned up and gone ahead with it. But it was getting most weeks I’d find myself sat on the settee at stupid o’clock in the morning thinking ‘go on just do it’. I’m sure people have started off the same way and sadly done it.”
By Ron Jackson
The biggest issue yet of the only boxing magazine in South Africa has gone on sale. Jeff Ellis, the publisher of African Ring, says the latest issue has 34 pages, more than any since the magazine was launched in May 2009. It carries an article about former IBF junior featherweight champion Vuyani Bungu, who should be considered for induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. The cover picture is of Kaizer Mabuza who meets unbeaten Steven Wills from Australia for the vacant IBO junior welterweight title at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on March 3. The issue also has articles about former SA heavyweight Gawie de Klerk, the historic heavyweight fight between Don McCorkindale and Young Stribling, Ashley Dlamini and Shannon Strydom. (more…)
It was officially announced today that Arthur Abraham (33-3, 27 KOs) will take on Piotr Wilczewski (30-2, 10 KOs) at the Sparkassen-Arena in Kiel, Germany on March 31. “It´s all or nothing for Arthur,“ promoter Kalle Sauerland said at a press conference in Kiel. “He needs to beat Wilczewski to put himself back in a position to fight for the world title.” Abraham, who celebrated a successful return in January when he knocked out Pablo Farias in the fifth round, knows it´s make or break. “I know there is a lot of pressure but I will make a good fight and beat Wilczewski,” he stated. “I have high goals. I want to be world champion again.” Added coach Ulli Wegner: “We don´t fight any push-overs or easy opponents. It´s very simple, I expect a good fight from Arthur and a victory.” Said Wilczewski, a former European Super-Middleweight Champion: “I´m coming here to win. Arthur is a strong guy but I will defeat him.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is already training hard to make the fourth defense of his WBC super welterweight world crown against three-division world champion Shane Mosley on May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Alvarez trains daily in the Julian Magdaleno Gym in Guadalajara for his biggest and most risky fight to date. Canelo Promotions executive/Canelo’s trainer Edison Reynoso said they are doing great training and improving Alvarez offensive and defensive technique to beat Shane Mosley clearly. In the second week of March, Alvarez will move his camp to the mountains of Big Bear, California.
Court McGee is not the best athlete in the UFC middleweight division. He’s not the best striker either. There are others in the 185-pound weight class who are better grapplers than he is as well. The same goes for wrestling. The 27-year-old Ultimate Fighter winner is brutally honest when assessing how he matches up with his fellow middleweight competitors, and the fact that he’s not at the top of the list in any of the aforementioned fundamentals is fine with him . . . Click here for more by E. Spencer Kyle, UFC.com
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WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel has announced the officials who will work in the world title bouts between WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and Jean Marc Mormeck, and the interim WBO cruiserweight matchup between Ola Afolabi and Valery Brudov this Saturday at the ESPRIT Arena, Dusseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.
The referee for Klitschko-Mormeck will be Luis Pabon, from Puerto Rico. The judges are Clark Sammartino (USA), Manuel Maritxalar (Spain) and Philippe Verbeke (Belgium). Valcarcel himself will be the WBO supervisor.
The referee for Afolabi-Brudov will be Genaro “Gino” Rodriguez. The judges are Clark Sammartino, Luis Pabon and Manuel Maritxalar. WBO supervisor for this fight is Andrew Smale (South Africa).
Sports Fan Properties & Shea Bailey Promotions has announced that seven-time world champion and current International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns will be the special guest of honor at the Georgia Boxing Championship (GBC) on March 2 at The Buckhead Theatre, located at 3110 Roswell Rd NE in Atlanta, Georgia. Headlining the fightcard is Antonio Davis against Jose Hernandez for the GBC lightweight belt. Tickets start at $25.
Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Miguel “Junito” Cotto will hold a press conference Tuesday at Harlem’s World Famous Apollo Theater in New York City to officially announce their May 5th showdown at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. This event is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND FREE. First come, first served and seating is general admission. The line will form outside of the Apollo Theater beginning at 10:00 am ET.
Additionally, tickets for the May 5th Mayweather vs. Cotto superfight go on sale Tuesday 1p ET. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster online or at all outlets or by calling (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available at www.mgmgrand.com
Photo: Gabriel Gonzalez, Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Seven-Time and Five-Division World Champion Floyd Mayweather (Left) and WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Miguel Cotto (Right) pose on February 27, 2012 in San Juan, Puerto Rico at a press conference to officially announce their May 5, 2012 world championship mega-fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada which will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®.
Miguel Cotto: “I will prepare as never before to defend my title on May 5 in Las Vegas and return to Puerto Rico on May 6 as champion. I guarantee it.”
Floyd Mayweather: “When it comes down to it, one man has to rise to the occasion and that will be me….Floyd Mayweather is not a cheater like Antonio Margarito and Manny Pacquiao.”
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